We were slightly in awe of him, but he never harmed any of us in any way and he could tell the most fantastic Tales. We loved hearing his growly voice recounting fantastic sagas and Sylvia was especially pleased when the little ones were captivated by his sometimes slightly bizarre stories - as it kept them out of mischief for a while.
"Well, dear" she said to Sammy. "Why do you think you will be suitable for this role?"
Sammy thought for a while and replied that he would be very patient with the young cockerels and pullets, but not ramble on too much.
"And you Curly? Why do you think you might be suitable for the job?"
Curly replied almost at once "I can spin a yarn."
And what Sylvia was looking for in the new recruit, was someone like Mickey who could tell a story that is an interesting and imaginative one, but not necessarily true....
"Curly! You have the job! Well done - and I am sure that Sammy will be able to stand in at times when you are busy."
Gordon & Sylvia xxx